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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGN1030418, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0063, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIUSEPPE ZANIN AGR/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/02 Agronomy and Herbaceous Cultivation 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 ZANIN GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
BERTI ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
7 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 ZANIN GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
BERTI ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Biology, General and Inorganic Chemistry, General Principles of Agronomy, Crop Production
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is:
a) knowing weeds from the biological and ecological point of view, their effect on the human activity, in particular about agriculture, and their role in the agroecosystem, b) knowing the weed control methods, both chemicals and non-chemicals, c) learning to plan control systems less expensive and safer for the environment, d) knowing the mitigation measures to reduce the contamination of surface and depth waters.
Examination methods: Open questions and numeric execises
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the subject; clear exposition of the subject; correct scientific speech
Course unit contents: 1° credit
Definition of weed, and biological, ecological and botanical classification of weeds.
2° credit
Practical lessons: identification of the weeds at various phenological phases (seedling and vegetative stage)

3° credit
Weeds as persistent component of the agroecosystem: ecological and agronomic significance of dormancy, real and potential flora, seed dynamics in the soil. Practical lessons: methods used to break seed dormancy (stratification, scarification ), and methods for evaluation of the soil seed bank.
4° credit
Weeds as dynamic component of the agroecosystem: intraspecific evolution of weeds and resistance phenomena; weeds evolution at the community level, compensation phenomena and introduction of exotic species. Practical lessons: numeric exercises on indexes of diversity and transformation of weed community
5° credit
Weeds as damaging component of the agroecosystem: allelopathy, competition, competition related to weed density and time of weed-crop interference.
6° credit
Integrated weed management system: weed management based on actions on crop and weed community.
Principles of integrated weed control: economic-threshold based control, density equivalent concept, decision support system, scouting. Practical lessons: scouting in field, practice lesson on Gestinf, numeric exercises on economic thresholds.
7° credit
Herbicide-plant interactions: absorption, translocation, biotransformation, mode of action, HRAC classification, selectivity. Practical lessons: determination of leaf wettability, characterization of the epicuticular waxes, classification of herbicides based on the phytotoxic reaction of the plants.
8° credit
Herbicide resistant crops, environmental fate of herbicides, mitigation measures of drift, runoff and leaching
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes lectures, practical exercises, and visit to crop fields for identification of the weeds at various phenological phases (seedling and vegetative stage).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Some of lesson materials and documents accessible online at: (Moodle platform of the School)

Liebman, Mohler, Staver, 2001. Ecological Management of agricultural weeds. Cambridge University Press

Devine, Duke, Fedtke, 1993. Physiology of herbicide Action. PTR PRENTICE-Hall, INC. A Simon and Schuster Company, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • CATIZONE P. e ZANIN G., MALERBOLOGIA. Bologna: PATRON, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ceccon P., FagnanoM., Grignai C., Monti A., orlandini S., Agronomia. Napoli: EdiSES, 2017. pag 325-363

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Clean Water and Sanitation Responsible Consumption and Production